OCEANSIDE — Animals, children and veterans came together to show their patriotism and civic spirit as the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, North Campus to celebrate Flag Day with the raising of its new flag June 14.
The flagpole standing at the animal welfare facility remained dormant for several years until a local community leader stepped forward to lead the improvement charge. Robert “Camo” Gleisberg, an Oceanside resident and retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, rallied the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside Pacific and the “K-Kids” at the Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Oceanside to help raise more than $1,200, funds which helped the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA repair the flag pole and install new lighting. The enhanced flagpole, featuring a new flag donated by Sunward Flag Company, serves as a tribute to the local community, which comprises many military service members and their families.
The Flag Day celebration featured a check presentation, flag raising ceremony with the president of the North County Veterans Association, K-Kids leading the pledge and singing patriotic songs, apple pie for guests, and a visit from the San Diego Humane Society’s certified Pet-Assisted Therapy dogs.